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Popular Rationalism: Autism May (or May Not) Be Associated with Increased Risk of Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, and Heart Disease

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Autism May (or May Not) Be Associated with Increased Risk of Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, and Heart Disease

Twenty years ago, moms and dads were clamoring for allopathy to see beyond autism and to address health issues with the entire patient. Now a noisy study seems to indicate three risks.

Currently, 1 in 44 children is diagnosed with autism by the age of 8 years in the United States. That’s up from 1 in 10,000 in the 1970s. People with a diagnosis of autism have long had poorer long-term outcomes regarding their health; in fact, their life expectancies are estimated to be between 12 and 30 years lower than people without the diagnosis.

Researchers from Texas conducted and published a systematic review and a meta-analysis of 34 studies that included 276 173 participants with autism and 7 733 306 participants without autism in search of conditions known to have a morbidity risk.

They found that having a diagnosis of autism is associated with greater risks of developing diabetes overall (RR, 1.57; 95% CI, 1.23-2.01; 20 studies), type 1 diabetes (RR, 1.64; 95% CI, 1.06-2.54; 6 studies), and type 2 diabetes (RR, 2.47; 95% CI, 1.30-4.70; 3 studies). Autism was also associated with increased risks of dyslipidemia (RR, 1.69; 95% CI, 1.20-2.40; 7 studies) and heart disease (RR, 1.46; 95% CI, 1.42-1.50; 3 studies).

People with autism were found to be 46% more likely to have heart disease, 64% more likely to develop type 1 diabetes, and 46% more likely to experience type 2 diabetes. Children with autism were nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes (184%) and high blood pressure (154%).

The study authors reported that they did not find an increased risk of hypertension or stroke, suggesting a different mechanism of disease pathophysiology of heart disease behind the increased risk in autism.

Upon reading the study, I noticed that the meta-analysis Forest Plots were anything but definitive. Compared to other meta-analyses we’ve seen, such as the Ivermectin signal for early treatment efficacy and prophylaxis, the signal for these associations in autism is deplorably messy. (They are dropped at the bottom of this article. Very noisy!).
Specific Personal Risk Should Be Assessed and Addressed, As Needed: Science Says Supplements Reduce Risk

Parents of children with autism, and adults with autism, therefore, should expect complete biomedical workups indicating specific personal risk before accepting any pharmaceutical recommendations from their physicians. A diagnosis of autism is insufficient evidence for any individual patient to be prescribed any diabetes or heart disease medicines.

Importantly, however, lifestyle decisions and other specific tactics employed by parents of kids with autism, such as focusing on a healthy microbiome, is just generally good practice for human health.

A meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2022, for example, found that randomized controlled intervention trials had the strongest evidence of heart benefits in the following supplements:

That study found that omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), decreased mortality from cardiovascular disease, and folic acid supplementation lowered stroke risk (MTHFR families read up on studies on folinic acid or methyl folate). They also found that Coenzyme Q10, decreased all-cause mortality (death).

The 2022 study also found that other supplements had robust evidence of reducing cardiovascular risk were vitamin D, zinc, curcumin, quercetin, zinc, omega-6 fatty acid, alpha-lipoic acid, catechin, L-arginine, L-citrulline, magnesium, flavanol, genistein, and melatonin.


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Children with autism were nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes (184%) and high blood pressure--

The study authors reported that they did not find an increased risk of hypertension or stroke, ---

Hypertension and high blood pressure is the same thing? Right?


"Neurodiversity" seriously underdiagnosed, according to more and more mainstream news outlets. "1 in 44" is a massive undercount, and the theory it's much higher isn't surprising.

It's hard to do damage control when the world's entertainment idols are secretly supporting the very things they claim to oppose!

RD - just like his "opponents" Obama, Trump and Biden, he's another rotten cash-grabbing egg. 100% Masonic controlled opposition.

Most Americans think that Japan is still a beacon of light, let alone when it comes to raising children... this is very sad and disturbing: (120 child mistreatment cases at Japan nurseries, kindergartens reported over 10 yrs.)


Welcome to the party Pal!

Kathy Sincere

Type I Diabetes. The gift that keeps on giving, like ASD. I started doing research on this when our 47 year old son developed LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) 3 years ago. What a shocker! Then I found this article from 2012 on Age of Autism regarding the relationship of GAD antibodies and autism. I am sure our son had these markers for a long time. This gem from pubmed is inbedded in Teresa Conrick’s great AoA article (thanks Teresa!).

Here are the tests for Type 1 antibodies that are worth doing every few years from toddler through the teens. I would think if a child has normal readings during that period, he should be ok as an adult. Maybe.

GAD65 AB (glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 antibody) should be <5. Our son’s was >250 when diagnosed at 47.

Insulin Receptor Antibody should be <.4

Zinc Transporter 8 (ZnT8). Perhaps this can cause a metallic smell?

C-Peptide (.8 - 3.85)

Insulin Levels (<19)

and of course A1C

Articles on GABA (GABA in the brain, GABA in the pancreas. Not hard to make the connection with autism):

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